G. G. Granger Photography
To many, Lansing is the capital of a commonwealth: to industrialists, it's a place where automobiles and other products are built. Scattered around the world are individuals and groups who know the city and its people because a Lansing man gave them pictures of his home town. The late G.G. Granger looked through the lens of his camera and saw scenes of local streets and buildings that have pleased the world. The perspective brought forth prints that any race could read. He looked out over an industrial city and saw more than tall stacks and black smoke. He caught lights and shadows, angles and contrasts that made bits of art like "Silver and Soot".
There was more than a hum-drum day's work in going about the streets that held so much interest. A fertile imagination lifted everything from the ordinary and commonplace and made a veritable fairy land from leafy trees, fleecy clouds and steeples, compositions of wheels, shafts and gears. There were also pictures of landscapes, animals, children, all on Lansing streets. "In the Bag" was not just a print of Lansing youth on the street. It had an appeal that made every man that viewed it live a little of his childhood over again. Pictures that bring such a response from all people make the world a small community.
Although he was adept at the techniques of photography, it wasn't science of lighting, synchronization or electronic flash that made these pictures. It was because the artist was never too busy in a busy world for imaginative power to rise above drudgery; never too far from his own childhood to capture the spontaneity of childish play and happiness; never too absorbed in self to catch the beauty and plan of the universe.
[Article written by Lula Howarth Granger after Gerald's death and printed in the Lansing State Journal.]
Gerald's work encompasses many years as working as Staff Photographer for the State Journal, including:
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